Sure, we like light and fluffy desserts, but undoubtedly some of the most satisfying bakes are some of the richest. We’re talking dark chocolate, fudge and all things lush. What makes so many of these over-the-top desserts so decadent is one thing: chocolate ganache. This decadent combination of cream and chocolate has a fudgy texture and a gorgeous shine, and while it looks like a fussy finish, it’s actually so simple to make at home. We’ll show you how to make chocolate ganache right in your kitchen.
How to Make Chocolate Ganache
You’ll find that ganache is a part of many desserts, though the ratios vary a bit from recipe to recipe. No matter the quantities called for, the procedure is the same and all ganaches require just two ingredients:
- Heavy whipping cream
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To make ganache, start by chopping your chocolate into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more quickly the chocolate will melt. Pop the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
Then, add your cream into a heavy saucepan. If your recipe calls for any additional ingredients, like sugar, salt or corn syrup, you can whisk them in. Next, bring the cream up to a boil. Once it’s boiling, pour it over the chocolate.
Here’s where ganache can seem like a fussy process. When you first pour the cream over the chocolate, it looks like the two will never come together, but just keep whisking (and whisking and whisking…). Whisk away until you have a nice, thick ganache.
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If you need your ganache to reach the right consistency for pouring or piping, you can let it cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator. If you find it’s too stiff to use, pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it’s the right consistency. Just be mindful not to heat for longer intervals—you never want to overheat chocolate.
How to Use and Decorate with Ganache
How you use ganache depends on your recipe. If you’re making a ganache tart, you might take it from your bowl and pour it right into a tart shell to set. For other recipes, you may let it cool a bit and then pour or pipe it over the top of your finished dessert. Regardless of how the ganache is used, it’s always a wow-worthy finish (and delicious, too!). Here are some of our favorite recipes starring ganache:
Making this impressive topping is quite easy. Now that you know the basics, you can get started on all kinds of recipes starring chocolate.